Friday, September 26, 2008

There IS such a thing as too decadent...

In class today, I let the kids who passed their test yesterday make something from the insider's cookbook while the rest corrected their tests. They picked Snicker's bars.
Well, they made it, but didn't have much time to let it cool and (of course) wanted to eat it TODAY, RIGHT NOW!!! (their drama, not mine:), so they didn't let it cool and turned it more into a bar type dessert. Wow, it was really rich! It did have great flavor though, but I'm not so into the really rich desserts. It would be a perfect dessert for a large group because one "batch" would feed a lot of people--I could only handle a few bites. Give it a try if you have a sweet craving and a lot of other people to feed it to! If we would have had time, it would have been much better and easier to work with to actually follow the refrigeration instructions.

On a much sweeter note, (if possible...) my sister and Zac are coming tonight! I'm makin' some fancy tacos:)

Snickers Candy Bar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups powdered sugar
35 individual Kraft caramels
1 cup dry−roasted unsalted peanuts
1 − 12 oz. bag milk−chocolate chips
With the mixer on high speed, combine the corn syrup, butter, vanilla,
peanut butter, and salt until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar.
When the mixture has the consistency of dough, remove it from the bowl
with your hands and press it into a lightly greased 9x9−inch pan. Put in
the refrigerator.
Melt the caramels in a small pan over low heat. When the caramel is
soft, mix in the peanuts. Pour the mixture over the refrigerated nougat
in the pan. Let this cool in the refrigerator.
When the refrigerated mixture is firm, melt the chocolate over low heat
in a double boiler or in a microwave oven set on high for 2 minutes.
Stir halfway through cooking time. When the mixture in the pan has
hardened, cut it into 2x1−inch sections. Set each chunk onto a fork
and dip into the melted chocolate. Tap the fork against the side of the
bowl or pan to knock off any excess chocolate. Then place the chunks on
waxed paper to cool at room temperature, or refrigerate for quicker cooling.